Honorary OBE - Teresa Bergin formerly from Granstown and now living in London, was awarded an honorary OBE in 2011 for her outstanding services to education. Teresa’s OBE was in recognition of her contribution to post 16 education. Teresa led the development of the Diploma programme within the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) from its inception in 2005 until the first full cohort of two year Diploma students received their awards in August 2010.
Education Secretary Michael Gove presented Teresa with her OBE and commenting on the award he said “I’m delighted to be presenting this award to Teresa who has made a special contribution to education in our country. She has displayed a clear understanding of the importance of helping every pupil to do well. She can be justifiably proud today as we recognise her years of hard work and selfless dedication”. Following the award ceremony in London, Teresa and her family got together for a celebratory meal in Ashbrook Arms, Durrow to mark her fantastic achievement. Teresa is the daughter of Mrs. Bridget Bergin and the late Lar Bergin of Granstown, most of her brothers and sisters live in the area.
G.A.A. - On Sunday, November 27th Rathdowney / Errill will hold a Monster Auction in St. Bernadette’s Hall, Errill commencing at 1.30 p.m. with the arrival of Santa. Any items or donations will be very gratefully accepted. This will be a very enjoyable event with something for everyone. Come along and bring your friends. There will be a wheel of fortune, cake stall and lots of fun and games.
Concern - There is grave concern among the people over a wide area with the news of the closure of Abbeyleix General Hospital at the public meeting in the Manor Hotel recently. This concern was borne out by the huge attendance and the speakers. It is a sad state of affairs to see the manner in which elderly people are treated. This excellent hospital had been their home for a long number of years. They were cared for in a most wonderful way and were happy and content. When we see the way money was spent on the Presidential election, it is enough to make us all very bitter when the elderly people have to suffer. There is no comparison to Abbeyleix Hospital in any nursing home so there will be continued protests where the people are going to speak out.
Fire Service - Rathdowney Fire Service would like to thank all the business’ and people who supported their efforts in fundraising for the AED defibrillator which is being purchased and will be on board at the fire station. Joe Harding completed the Dublin city marathon in 3 hours, 53 mins and 30 secs to raise funds. A talk was held on fire prevention by officers from the fire brigade in the Parochial Hall, Rathdowney. With the onset of Winter and more need of heating people are asked to take every precaution with open fires in their homes.
Donaghmore Workhouse & Agricultural Museum - Local artist Sandra Corrigan Breathnach is presenting a painting titled “The Last Goodbye” interpreting life in the Workhouse on Saturday, 3rd of December at 2.30 p.m. in the Donaghmore Workhouse Museum. This is an open event so all are welcome, light refreshments will be provided.